Category Archives: Faculty Spotlight

CSU promotes Economics faculty members Tavani, Numa, Fremstad

Three faculty members of the CSU Department of Economics have received promotions, effective July 1, 2021. Guy Numa and Anders Fremstad have both been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. Daniele Tavani has been promoted to full Professor.  

The department celebrates the accomplishments of our dedicated and richly talented faculty, whose research and commitments to teaching enrich our curriculum and understanding of Economics as a pluralist social science.  

Read about these promoted faculty: 

Daniele Tavani, Professor and Graduate Program Director  
Ph.D. Economics, The New School for Social Research
Dottorato (PhD) in Economia Politica, Sapienza University of Rome 

Dr. Daniele Tavani’s research focuses on (i) economic growth and the distribution of income and wealth; (ii) the interaction between labor market institutions, income distribution and technological change; (iii) the role of the public sector in long-run policy and its distributional effects; (iv) social interactions, social multipliers and economic performance. He is a coauthor of Growth and Distribution, Second Edition (Harvard University Press, 2019) and has been published in journals such as Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Surveys, Feminist Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. Dr. Tavani also serves as Associate Editor for the Review of Social Economy, the Journal of Economic Surveys,  the Review of Keynesian Economics, and the Review of Political Economy. 


Guy Numa, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Economics, Université Paris Dauphine 

Dr. Guy Numa specializes in History of Economic Thought, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Industrial Organization, and Caribbean Political Economy. His work has appeared in leading journals such as The Journal of Economic PerspectivesHistory of Political EconomyThe Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and The European Journal for the History of Economic Thought. Dr. Numa is the author of a book on the regulation of the railroad industry published by Éditions Classiques Garnier, and he also co-authored two books on the 2009 social movements in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. 

Dr. Numa is a member of the advisory board of History of Political Economy, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought. He was the 2016 recipient of the Young Researcher Award of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET), a prize recognizing outstanding publications in the history of economic thought. 

Anders Fremstad, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 

Dr. Anders Fremstad specializes in microeconomics, environmental economics, and political economy, with a current research focus on the sharing economy, household and urban economies in carbon emissions, and the distributional impact of carbon mitigation policy.  He has used carbon footprint data to study household and urban economies in carbon emissions, the potential of work hours reductions to address climate change, and the distributional impact of carbon pricing policies. Dr. Fremstad has coauthored reports making the case for carbon dividends and a Green New Deal, and his writing has appeared in such news outlets as The Denver Post, Jacobinand Project Syndicate, with additional research cited by the Washington PostThe Economist, and NBC News

At CSU, Dr. Fremstad teaches courses in microeconomics, environmental economics, and political economy, and he is a co-author CORE’s open textbook and open materials

Ed Barbier

Dr. Edward B. Barbier Named Among List of World’s Top Science Researchers 

Dr. Edward B. Barbier, University Distinguished Professor of Economics at Colorado State University, has been listed among the world’s most-cited scientists in an index published by Stanford University in 2020. Barbier is ranked #1 for career-long citations in the subfield of Agricultural Economics and Policy.  

Barbier’s most recent work examines habitat loss and the risk of disease outbreak. Barbier is also contributing to United Nations conversations on COVID-19 and rebuilding a green, sustainable global economy.

Citation tools, such as the Hirsch index, are frequently used as an indicator of a researcher’s international recognition and reach. The Stanford University group, headed by Professor John P.A. Ioannides, achieved a universal normalization of citation metrics by introducing a composite citation index which integrates the total number of citations, the H-index, a co-authorship-adjusted index, number of citations to papers as single author, number of citations to papers as single or first author, and number of citations to papers as single, first, or last author. 

Based on these studies, the Ioannides group generated data lists with the top 100,000 researchers in the world from every scientific discipline, as well those ranked in the top 2% in their main subfield discipline, during their academic career.  

Guy Numa

Professor Guy Numa on racism and exclusion 

Colorado State University and the College of Liberal Arts is committed to tackling the wicked problem of racism and exclusion. In this SOURCE story our own Dr. Guy Numa is one of three CLA professors highlighted. Numa stresses the importance of moving from discussion to action. He is a proponent for the creation of “baby bonds,” trust accounts that would be given to all newborns at birth, with larger amounts given to those in low-income families, to elevate the economic status of minority families.

Stephan Weiler

Winter 2019/Spring 2020 CLA Magazine featuring Professor Stephan Weiler now available

The Winter 2019/Spring 2020 edition of the CLA Magazine is now available for your viewing pleasure! The Liberal Arts Magazine showcases stories from faculty, students, and alumni on universal topics. In this issue, we apply the lenses of the liberal arts to place and space. Our department’s article highlights the work of Professor Stephan Weiler and REDI.

Identifying rural solutions to urban needs, and vice versa, has been a big part of Professor Weiler’s work for decades. With the Regional Economic Development Institute, Weiler and others are examining the many ways to bridge the urban-rural divide. Whether it’s malting barley, charter school supply and demand, or poverty and incarceration, rural and urban communities can learn from and benefit one another and provide opportunities for more people to succeed.

Professor Elissa Braunstein

Dr. Elissa Braunstein named Chair of the Economics Department

Please congratulate Professor Elissa Braunstein on being appointed the Chair of the Department of Economics, effective November 1, 2018. This is a 5-year appointment.

Dr. Braunstein is a Professor of Economics at Colorado State University, as well an Editor for the journal Feminist Economics. Most recently she worked for 2.5 years as a Senior Economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies. Her work focuses on the international and macroeconomic aspects of growth and development, with particular emphasis on the interactions between macroeconomic policy and gender equality, as well as the consequences of incorporating care and social reproduction into macroeconomic models. She publishes widely in both academic and policy venues, and has done consulting work for a number of international development institutions, including UN Women, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank, and the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Master’s of Pacific International Affairs from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego.

We are honored to have Dr. Braunstein take on this new role!

REDI logo

Getting REDI: New institute focuses on economics of rural and urban areas

“Rural areas are surprisingly entrepreneurial.”

That is one of the findings from Colorado State University Professor Stephan Weiler and his fellow researchers who recently studied startups and business creation in both rural and urban areas. The findings also showed that the businesses created in these rural areas tend to be more resilient than urban startups and have higher survival rates (1990-2007).

Linking rural areas’ lower costs, entrepreneurial culture and amenities to the dynamic nature of high-growth urban clusters such as those along Colorado’s Front Range can benefit both cities and smaller towns, the study found.

These findings, and many more, about the relationship between and differences among rural and urban areas are the foundation of the newly created Regional Economic Development Institute, or REDI.


Dr. Cher Li

Dr. Cher Li wins CSU Faculty Development Award

Please help us congratulate Dr. Cher Li’s Faculty Development award on Tuesday, April 11 from 3 to 5 pm in the Long’s Peak Room in Lory Student Center (Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting & Awards Ceremony). She is receiving this award from the College of Liberal Arts for her research project on the Under-representation of Women in Economics Majors.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Li as she accepts this important award!
Look forward to seeing you there!!

The Divide Between Rural and Urban America, in 6 Charts

By Brian Thiede, Lillie Greiman, Stephan Weiler, Steven C. Beda and Tessa Conroy

Editor’s note: We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the divide from different angles. The data paint a richer and sometimes surprising picture of the U.S. today. The Conversation

Congratulations Elisa Belfiori! Distinguished CESifo Affiliate

During the CESifo Annual Area Conferences, the Committee for the CESifo Prize grants the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate award to a young economist for the scientific originality, policy relevance and quality of exposition of his/her paper presented at the conference.

Elisa Belfiori is this year’s recipient. Please join the Department in congratulating Elisa on her hard work and great accomplishment!



Dr. Anita Pena, New Graduate Studies Coordinator

aNITA 2Dr. Anita Alves Pena takes over as Interim Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the Department of Economics.

As of Fall 2016, I am the Department’s new Interim Coordinator of Graduate Studies. This is my 10th year at CSU.  I came to CSU in Fall 2007 from Stanford University where I received my MA in Economics in 2004 and PhD in Economics in 2007.  I was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor in July 2013.

I have taught graduate courses in Microeconomic Theory, Public Economics, and Microeconomics of Development and undergraduate courses in Intermediate Microeconomics, Introduction to Econometrics (both traditional classroom and online), and Economics of Public Finance. I also have worked with several students via Supervised College Teaching, Independent Study, and general advising at both graduate and undergraduate levels.  In our department, I have been a member and subsequently the chair of our microeconomic theory review committee that administers the microeconomics portion of our Qualifying Exam to PhD students.  I also have been a Faculty Member of the Graduate Center for Diversity and Access (GCDA) (formerly Colorado Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)) for the Graduate School here at CSU since 2014.

My research spans several areas of applied microeconomics and the analysis of large micro-level datasets. I am particularly interested in public sector economics, labor economics, and economic development and have written in the areas of economics of immigration, economics of race and ethnicity, and economics of inequality and poverty.  Over the years, I have had a specific focus on issues pertaining to domestic and international U.S. agricultural labor and have benefited from the perspective of being at a land-grant institution.  Two papers with coauthors published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics in 2015 and 2016 respectively have been widely cited in mass media recently, and it has been exciting to generate such discussion about labor dynamics in this sector and relationships to public policy.  I am currently working on a small project about how agricultural worker health and risk factors translate into wages and productivity, which is funded by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS).  Some of my previous work on agricultural labor has been funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and by the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington.  Recent research (unrelated to agricultural labor) on inequality, skill, and education more broadly was funded by the American Institutes for Research.

I have presented work in numerous research conferences, academic seminars, and local outlets over the years. Most recently, I presented at the Western Economic Association International Annual Conference in Portland in June and the Greeley Chamber of Commerce in May.

In addition to starting as the Coordinator of Graduate Studies this year, I am also CSU’s first representative to the Rocky Mountain Federal Statistical Research Data Center Consortium which is a new collaboration of several institutions in this region for access to proprietary federal data for academic research.

I am eager to work more closely with graduate students in my new role and to support our active MA and PhD programs. Our graduate programs and students are multifaceted and diverse, and I look forward to interacting more closely with current and future students in the Department.